Delicious ideas for noodles
Few ingredients are as versatile (or satisfying) as noodles, so it’s no wonder they’re used in many different dishes across global cuisines and cultures. You’ll find buttery egg noodles floating in chicken soup or tucked into kugel, rice noodles serving as the base for flavorful stir-fries and curries, and even store-bought ramen noodles as the star ingredient in some recipes shortcut And that barely scratches the surface of what’s available when it comes to noodles. (Did you know you can even make your own hand-pulled noodles from scratch?!) No matter what your favorite is, every now and then you’ll need some recipe inspiration. This is where this summary comes in. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite uses for a handful of different noodles so that no matter what you have on hand in your pantry, you can whip up something delicious, starting with this comforting classic. . Ree bolsters egg noodles and canned tuna with fresh mushrooms, peppers, and parsley for a casserole that’s hard to beat.
Get the recipe: Tuna Noodle Casserole
My famous drunken noodles
Jet’s popular noodle dish is ready in just 20 minutes, and it’s guaranteed!
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Noodle soup with chicken
You can never go wrong with this classic soup. Egg noodles and shredded chicken work best for this drinkable bowl of goodness.
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Soy Sauce Shrimp Chow Egg Noodles
This recipe is loosely based on a traditional noodle dish called soy sauce chow mein, made with noodles stir-fried with soy sauce, sesame oil, bean sprouts, and scallions and served as a side dish. We’ve developed this version to include a stir-fry protein, so it makes a complete weeknight meal that can be prepared in just over 30 minutes.
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Quick beef goulash with egg noodles
Steak is the perfect topping for hearty egg noodles. Thinly slicing it helps it cook faster for this quick take on goulash.
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Spicy Peanut Noodles
Make this quick and versatile peanut sauce and pair it with your favorite noodles (rice noodles, yakisoba, egg noodles, spaghetti, whatever you have on hand) for a satisfying bowl that’s ready in just 15 minutes . Inspired by Chinese sesame noodles, this recipe relies on peanut butter instead of Chinese sesame paste (zhī ma jiang) for a savory, nutty flavor, although feel free to dip it in sesame paste. sesame (or use a combination of both) if you have it at home. The dish is easy to adapt: add more crunchy chili or ginger for a bolder version, a little more sugar for a sweeter sauce, or a little water to thin it out.
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Kalguksu is a comforting noodle soup made from fresh, hand-cut noodles in a richly flavored broth. The name literally translates to “knife noodles” because the noodles are cut into long strands with a sharp knife. While kalgusku can be made with different broths and ingredients, haemul kalguksu includes seafood, and this version is full of clams, cockles, mussels, and shrimp.
Get the recipe: Haemul Kalguksu
Sour cream noodle oven
An easy weeknight dinner that only takes 30 minutes to make! This homemade meal is cheesy and full of flavor.
Get the recipe: Sour Cream Noodle Bake
Buckwheat noodle salad
Bobby’s turns buckwheat noodles into a refreshing salad with the help of rice vinegar, fresh ginger and crunchy greens.
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Egg noodles with butter
Dress up simple buttered noodles with fresh parsley and dill for a versatile side that goes with whatever you’re cooking.
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Fast Meat Pho
Jet says: “I wrote this recipe for quick pho because you don’t always want to take a whole day to get the ingredients and make it from scratch. This is a great trick to eat pho in an hour! You can find all the ingredients locally and even have them delivered. Slicing beef paper thin can be a pain. Japanese and Chinese markets always stock paper-thin meats for shabu shabu or sukiyaki.”
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Noodles are part of many Chinese celebratory meals. Not only do these yi mein symbolize long life, but eating them is believed to bring prosperity and luck!
Get the recipe: Longevity Noodles
Chicken Parmesan Noodle Soup
Our trick to extra flavorful chicken noodle soup? Stir in some grated parmesan.
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The best beef stroganoff
We used a tender, marbled piece of prime rib in this comfort food classic. Two types of mushrooms are cooked until crispy to add an extra element of flavor. The whole dish comes together in a rich, tangy sauce made with sour cream and Dijon and served over egg noodles.
Get the recipe: The Best Beef Stroganoff
Spinach and feta noodle kugel
This spanakopita-inspired version of the noodle kugel is loaded with spinach, onions, herbs, and feta. If you’re looking for a new take on a classic or a simple vegetarian side, here’s your answer.
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Lo Mein noodles
This dish is deceptively simple. If you have every ingredient on hand, you can get the finished dish on the table in 20 minutes or less, and that includes the prep work. Jet says, “There’s really no such thing as ‘Lo Mein’ noodles, so don’t try to find them off the shelf. You want to buy an egg noodle or pasta that’s relatively thin and has a bit of a bite to it. Some common names would be Lo Mein, Chow Mein, Egg Noodles or Pancit Noodles. Most markets have Japanese Yaki Soba noodles in the cold case and they work perfectly.”
Get the recipe: Lo Mein Noodles
Shirataki noodles (also known as konjac) are gluten-free noodle alternatives that are neutral in flavor, slightly chewy, and come in a variety of thickness styles, such as spaghetti and fettuccine. Although they are usually packaged ready-to-eat, I prefer to cook them in a sweet and savory broth, as the noodles absorb the flavor well. This recipe is simple: put everything in a pot and let them cook on the fire for about ten minutes. I’ve included vegetables that I think complement the noodles and broth, but feel free to use whatever combination you like.
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Beef noodle pan
Savor the delicious comfort of tender beef and egg noodles with sauce in this easy dish.
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Dan-Dan Noodle Shortcut
This quick version of the Chinese dish uses instant ramen noodles. Pickles replace traditional fermented vegetables and brine replaces the sugar usually in the recipe.
Get the recipe: Shortcut Dan-Dan Noodles
Tuna noodle dumpling dinner
This creamy tuna and noodle dinner is made entirely in a baking dish, with egg noodles included. It tastes like the casserole you grew up eating, but requires less equipment (and cleanup). Instead of using the classic cream of mushroom soup, we opted for a combination of cheese, broth, cream and sour cream, which provides the same velvety texture.
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Spicy Pork Noodle Bowl
This bowl of noodles is packed with flavor: fresh ginger, bread and butter pickles, chili garlic sauce, and more!
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Korean Beef Noodles
This version of japchae, a Korean dish made with translucent sweet potato noodles, features thinly sliced beef with vegetables. Although it comes together quickly, in less than 30 minutes, there’s no shortage of flavor, thanks to a savory sweet-sesame soy sauce.
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There are many ways to make this baked noodle pudding, including sweet or savory, with or without a lid, and with or without toppings like raisins or meat. With onions, plus cinnamon, orange, sugar and a crushed corn topping, this kugel straddles the line between sweet and savory.
Get the recipe: Noodle Kugel
Kimchi and Bacon Ramen
Rich and deeply flavored, this chicken bacon broth with ginger and scallions brings together kimchi and ramen noodles.
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Slow Cooker Garlic Ginger Pork Soba
Soba (and its substitute, ramen), as well as soy sauce, sesame, and ginger are common in Japanese cuisine, but this slow-cooked dish draws inspiration from a wide range of cuisines. Star anise and cinnamon are used in Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine, while sherry is from Spain and red pepper flakes are more closely associated with Italian and Italian-American food; you’ve no doubt seen a jar at your local chip shop.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Garlic Ginger Pork Soba
sesame noodles with mushrooms
These noodles are loaded with mushrooms and soy sauce for plenty of savory flavor. Green onions add a touch of fresh, nice brightness to the dish.
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Chicken noodle casserole
Yes, this casserole is based on the soup you know and love. Pro tip: Don’t cook the egg noodles for more than 4 minutes before assembling the pan. Partial cooking allows them to soak up the flavorful sauce without them becoming too soft while the casserole cooks.
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Noodle soup Chicken soba
Update your traditional chicken soup by swapping egg noodles for soba. Buckwheat noodles have a nice nutty, earthy flavor that complements the other ingredients.
Get the recipe: Chicken Soba Noodle Soup
Tuna noodle casserole
When you bake a tuna noodle casserole in a sheet pan, you get the best of both worlds: a creamy, cheesy filling and a crispy, crunchy top. This recipe uses a combination of crushed butter cookies and panko breadcrumbs for a perfectly toasted topping.
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Fried pork and noodles
It’s sure to become your go-to meal when you need something quick, easy, and delicious!
Get the recipe: Pork and Noodle Stir Fry